First Coast Weather Team tracking Alberto

Florida  Mississippi  Alabama Brace For Subtropical Storm Alberto With States Of Emergency	 	 	 			NOAA

Florida Mississippi Alabama Brace For Subtropical Storm Alberto With States Of Emergency NOAA

The National Hurricane Center also added a tropical storm warning for the Dry Tortugas in the Florida Keys and a tropical storm watch for Florida's west coast from Boca Grande to the Anclote River.

Alabama, Florida and MS are preparing for states of emergency as Subtropical Storm Alberto heads toward the Gulf of Mexico.

The State Emergency Operations Center is monitoring conditions and requests for resources from counties. "This State of Emergency will ensure that all available state resources are ready when they are needed", Ivey said. The storm had top sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph) and was expected to strengthen as it moves over the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The order covers 40 southern counties, which now would feel the brunt of the storm. The satellite shows that Alberto is somewhat disorganized, with all of the thunderstorm activity east of the center of circulation. Therefore direct impacts, primarily heavy rain, will affect much of Florida and the Gulf Coast later this weekend.

The track began trending east on Friday and continues to bring the center of the storm east of Southeast Louisiana.

Alberto will likely come ashore, potentially as a tropical storm, somewhere along the Gulf Coast late Monday into early Tuesday. Alberto should be a "regular" tropical storm by then as it increases wind speed to around 65mph, but it won't be near our coast. But the broad storm system is expected to bring heavy rains across the entire northern Gulf Coast starting well before landfall.

Regardless of where it makes landfall the same threats remain.

The flood watch runs to 8 p.m. Sunday, during the period when Alberto is expected to pass closest to South Florida on its course toward the northern Gulf coast. Right now, our forecast calls for widespread amounts of 1 to 4 inches of rain in the area.

Meanwhile, officials along the Gulf Coast launched emergency preparations Saturday as Alberto pounded Cuba's western coast, raising the threat of flash floods and mudslides.

A storm surge of 2 to 3 feet could occur south of Crystal River, he said. The organization predicted 10-16 named tropical storms and five to nine hurricanes.

But Alberto is moving north through the Gulf with "a slow and erratic" path, and the forecast could change significantly.

Already, there was a rainfall record. However, the moisture associated with it will create widespread showers and storms through the middle of next week. Download the WTXL First Alert Weather app today for real-time interactive radar, location-based severe weather alerts and a constantly updated forecast for wherever you are.

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